DHNY Design Diaries Autumn 2019 I Lookbook

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autumn 2019 vol. 3

DESIGN diaries anatomy of a well appointed guest room

falling into

n m u Aut

& more


let ter fr om the editor happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. - george burns

ah, family! while i do consider myself lucky to have a loving, caring, close-knit family, for better or worse, each one of them resides across the united states. add into the mix my husband’s family lives in hong kong and japan, and we have ourselves a bit of a global brood! needless to say, when we get word that any one of them is coming for a visit, we get to planning all of the details of their stay. at the top of that list is making sure that the guest bedroom is groomed and ready to receive them. in this issue (and just in time for holiday visitors), we are breaking down all of those oh-so personal elements that will have your guest drifting off to dreamland in style and comfort. we also pay a re-visit to a gut renovation project of a pied-a-terre on the upper west side that we designed a few years ago. plus, staff picks for our favorite fall staples that are making us feel ready to immerse ourselves in the season and new projects. welcome to the autumn issue! cheers~

darci hether

getting guest room ready for the s

y a d i l ho

the holiday season is right around the corner! when you think of thanksgiving, christmas, and new year, your mind conjures up visions of decorations, feasts, and of course, family and friends. these traditions can also mean the arrival of beloved (and let’s be honest some less than dear) houseguests.

we all know the holidays can leave even the best of us feeling a little frazzled. to help you through the getting-the-guest room ready scramble, i have created a checklist to assist you in preparing for the arrival of your weekend or holiday guests for a stress-free comfortable stay...

every bedside table deserves to be stocked with the essentials to make falling asleep more comfortable and your bedroom more enjoyable.






1. block alarm block, leff amsterdam 2. monaco table lamp, jonathan adler 3. agnes armchair, dering hall 4. whitening mint toothpaste, marvis 5. orange & bergmolton, molton brown 6. hair dryer, kipozi 7. el dorado brass rectangular tray, mary jurek 8. adelaide alpaca throw, serena & lily 9. slipsilk pure silk sleep mask, slip for beauty sleep

checking it twice a medley of items to give your guests a warm holiday welcome.


psst..don’t forget the bathroom!

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10. sonoma bath collection, serena & lily. 11. st. helena spa robe, serena & lily 12. solid cashmere throw, williams sonoma 13. carrigan nightstand, made goods 14. frosty water set, vista alegre 15. st helena spa slippers, serena & lily 16. marble and brass tissue holder, william sonoma

upper west side pied-Ă -terre renovation after continually traveling to and from new jersey to experience the spectacle of new york theater, our clients were looking for a permanent way to stay in the city. they were always spending money on boutique hotels in the city, falling more in love with the arts and entertainment scene with every getaway: the solution = a pied-Ă -terre in manhattan. our lovely couple wanted to recreate the 5-star hotel experience at home. a few of the items on their wishlist: a beautiful kitchenette, relaxing nook for reading, and other areas for relaxation. no need for an oven, or tv! with their wishlist in hand, we set out to create a pied-a-terre that would be their home away from home. the gut renovation turned out to be one of our favorite projects to date.

shall we start with the main living space?

liv•ing•space the first order of operations was to rip out the unnecessarily sizeable closet to create a space that would then act as the focal point in the room. we designed a recessed custom upholstered wall with wood headboard into the niche area that once housed the more massive closet. additionally, we wanted to reduce the visibility of all of the structural beams in the ceiling as well as add more overhead lighting.

because the ceilings were concrete and recessed lighting was not an option, we decided to lower the ceiling over the bed area. this meant aligning it precisely with the “wing walls” that flank the bed. when lowering the ceiling, we accomplished two things. first, we were able to hide two ceiling beams, and secondly, we created enough depth to add downlights. i designed the walls flanking the bed to bump out from the face of the surrounding walls and clad them in the same wood as the headboard.


to add drama and depth, we selected a beautiful modern floral mosaic for the main shower wall. the mosaic inset is framed with an elegant concave bronze metal banding. to highlight this feature wall, a solid 30” wide sheet of glass would be installed from the curb to the ceiling to keep the space feeling open and bright. we chose not to add a shower door to continue the light and airy feeling. since this pied-à-terre was not our client’s primary residence and storage was not of a concern, we opted for a classically designed pedestal sink. in keeping with the classic and pre-war detailing of this space, we selected exposed shower fittings, which looked like gorgeous jewels suspended from the walls of the shower.

kitch•en our clients knew early on what they wanted their kitchen to be, and what not to be. they weren’t looking for a kitchen equipped for making three-course meals. they wanted a space that they could make beverages - early morning coffee or evening cocktails - and a place to reheat their gourmet leftovers

to that point, we removed the stove and capped the gas line, installed a convection microwave oven, and installed an under counter drawer fridge and freezer unit. for the finishes, we opted for dark cabinetry with blackened steel hardware to sit atop warm grey stone flooring. the countertops we selected had a gorgeous horizontal striation that helped to widen the space visually. the mirrored tile back splash added drama and depth to an otherwise shallow space. to keep the kitchen feeling as open as possible [not to mention wanting to add interest and a beautiful focal point], we custom-designed an open shelving unit with the glass shelves resting on classically inspired polished chrome brackets..

fallng into fall autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. the morning of the first september was as crisp and golden as an apple. j.k. rowling

g n i r gea u p.....

for sweater weather


m u s t - h a v e s

celebrate autumn with the products the team at DHNY is lusting after



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7. 6. 1. bourbon cocktail 2. kira eyelash cardigan in blue moth, anthropologie 3. diptyque figuier scented candle, 190g, bergdorf goodman 4. on mute nail poish, essie 5. sabrina satchel tumbled nubuck navy chocolate, frances valentine 6. halogen cashmere scarf, nordstrom 7. temple court resteraunt, the beekman hotel

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6. 8. 9. 1. w&p bauhaus puzzle, j crew 2. fire down below lipstick, NARS 3. capped quill dangle earrings, moma 4. perry platform pumps in evergreen, kate spade 5. bia tassel pesto pillow, CB2 6. flutter sleeve dress, club monaco 7. smoked cherry old fashioned cocktail 8. western hat with grosgrain trim, j crew 9. two tone black glass candle, west elm








1. all saints balfern leather biker jacket, bloomingdales 2. artemesia top, joie via shopbop 3. air force sneakers, nike 4. matcha latte, cha cha matcha 5. diamond bomb all-over veil, fenty beauty 6. air force sneakers, nike 7. dante nyc

last call... although there is never a wrong time to drink bourbon, there is something about the cooler temperatures of autumn that seem to bring out the smoky flavor of whiskey. here at darci hether new york, we are raising a glass to new projects, new friends, and the beauty of the changing leaves and cozy sweaters. we hope you enjoyed reading our autumn issue vol 3. the positive response to our dhny design diaries has been both heartwarming and rewarding. we are glad to have you following along. psst...stay tuned for our holiday issue and final issue for 2019 of the design diaries. only ten weeks until christmas but who is counting anyway? from all of us here at darci hether new york, happy autumn! cheers~

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